July 19, 2018

Our Services and Clients

Our Services

Taxes and investments are key components of your personal financial plan, but peace of mind comes from attention to all aspects of your financial life.  The time we take to understand you – your goals, your values, your relationships, your personal history, every aspect of your finances – helps us be effective, trusted guides during your life’s transitions.

Holistic Financial Planning and the Importance of Integration

What often happens is that you go to a stockbroker for investment advice, an insurance agent to buy insurance, an accountant for tax preparation, and an attorney for estate planning. You end up with several pieces of your financial plan in place, but each was developed independently by a different person at different times in your life. Is it any wonder that the pieces then do not fit together?

As the diagram below shows, we take a holistic approach and work with you to put all the pieces of your financial life together into one comprehensive plan that matches your goals and values.

Holistic financial planning is a process, not an event. Instead of just telling you what to do, we work together with you, educating you and providing you with easy-to-understand recommendations and helping you implement them every step of the way. Learn more details about our personal holistic financial planning process.

Fee Structure

As fee-only financial planners, we sell no products, receive no commissions, nor do we pay or accept referral or finder’s fees. After we get acquainted and learn the extent of your planning needs, we will quote you an upfront fixed fee for our services – the Initial Year Retainer. Calculated based on the scope of services, your income, assets, and the overall complexity of your financial situation, this retainer covers services provided in the first year as we mutually develop and implement your financial plan. In addition, you have full access to us throughout the year at no additional charge whenever you have questions or your circumstances change.

As financial planning is an ongoing process, most clients continue to engage us year after year under a Renewal Year Retainer. After the first year creating your comprehensive financial plan, the Renewal Year Retainer helps to keep you on track and make adjustments as life happens.

Flexible Services and No Minimums

We work with people of all income and asset levels with no minimums required. This means we can help people across the financial spectrum including young professionals just starting out and others needing help getting on the right track. If working with us on an ongoing basis is not the right solution for you, we provide other shorter-term services that can be tailored to meet your needs.

Our Clients

We enjoy working with a variety of client situations and life stages, but find that we are best at helping clients who are in the following situations:

Young Professionals

They are early in their careers and starting to focus on how to use their financial resources wisely.

  • Prioritizing savings plans for the future (emergency savings, children’s college, retirement, etc.)
  • Navigating financial decisions around life changes including starting a family, buying a home, changing jobs, or going back to school
  • Cash flow planning and prioritizing competing goals such as saving and investing versus paying off student loans and consumer debt
  • Insurance needs and estate planning to protect new and growing families

Mid-Career Professionals

Retirement is 10 years or more away and they are starting to focus on the next phase of their lives prior to retirement.

  • Navigating financial decisions around making a career change, changing jobs, or starting a business
  • Determining whether accumulated retirement savings will be enough and if not, what adjustments to make to get on track
  • Determining the appropriate risk to take to grow assets to meet future needs while sufficiently protecting accumulated net worth
  • Updating insurance coverages and estate plans that may be out of date

Pre-Retirees

They are planning to retire in 5 years or less and starting to focus on how they will live in retirement.

  • Simplifying and consolidating financial accounts and complexity accumulated over a lifetime
  • Determining resources needed to afford desired lifestyle in retirement and keeping goals on track
  • Navigating the transition to retirement, including creating a Retirement Paycheck from the portfolio
  • Planning and implementing a strategy for charitable and family gifting

If you are interested in holistic financial planning, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation to learn more about how we can help. Contact Us to Learn More